An incredible blend of poetry, beauty, horror and history, LORE is truly an amazing movie. “Australian director Cate Shortland (SOMERSAULT) gives us a lyrical, deeply affecting study into a rarely seen legacy of the Holocaust…. Adapted by Shortland and Robin Mukherjee from Rachel Seiffert’s sparsely written novel The Dark Room, the tale picks up immediately following the demise of the Reich and the Allied occupation of Germany in the spring of 1945. 14-year-old Lore watches as her S.S. Nazi father is arrested and her Hitler-revering mother surrenders, instructing her eldest daughter to take the children to their grandmother in Hamburg. It’s a 500-mile trek and, with young sister Liesel, twin boys Jurgen and Gunther and babe-in-arms Peter in tow, Lore sets off on a perilous journey across a vanquished nation, confronting death, deprivation and, inconveniently enough, the tumult of youthful desire. A deep prejudice has been instilled by loving parents and Lore’s doubts and fears about their allegiances play out in her ambivalent relationship with the watchful young Jewish refugee she and her siblings connect with along the road. It’s a strange sort of coming-of-age, undertaken during one of history’s darkest periods by a girl with a dawning understanding of events who’s still too young to be guilty.’—Hollywood Reporter. In German with English subtitles. Unrated. 108 Min.
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